a manifesto

AN ARTIST’S CONDUCT OF HIS LIFE
An artist should not lie to himself or to others
An artist should not steal ideas from the other artist
An artist should not compromise for themselves or in regard to the art market
An artist should not kill another human being
An artist should not make themselves into an idol
An artist should not make themselves into an idol
An artist should not make themselves into an idol

AN ARTIST’S RELATION TO HIS LOVE LIFE
An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist
An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist
An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist

AN ARTIST’S RELATION TO EROTIC
An artist should develop an erotic point of view on the world
An artist should be erotic
An artist should be erotic
An artist should be erotic

AN ARTISTS RELATION TO SUFFERING
An artist should suffer
From the suffering comes the best work
Suffering brings transformation
Through the suffering an artist transcends [???] the spirit

AN ARTIST’S RELATION TO DEPRESSION
An artist should not be depressed
Depression is a disease and should be cured
Depression is not productive for an artist
Depression is not productive for an artist
Depression is not productive for an artist

AN ARTIST’S RELATION TO SUICIDE
Suicide is a crime against life
An artist should not commit suicide
An artist should not commit suicide
An artist should not commit suicide

AN ARTIST’S RELATION TO INSPIRATION
An artist should look deep inside themselves for inspiration
The deeper they look inside themselves, the more universal they become
The artist is universe
The artist is universe
The artist is the universe

AN ARTIST’S RELATION TO SELF CONTROL
The artist should not have self control about his life
The artist should have total self-control about his work
The artist should not have self control about his life
The artist should have total self-control about his work

AN ARTIST’S RELATION WITH TRANSPARENCY
The artist should give and receive at the same time
Transparency means receptive
Transparency means to give

AN ARTIST’S RELATION TO SYMBOL
An artist creates his own symbols
Symbols are an artist’s language
The language must be translated
Sometimes its difficult to find the key
Sometimes its difficult to find the key
Sometimes its difficult to find the key

AN ARTIST’S RELATION TO SILENCE
An artist has to understand silence
An artist has to create a space for silence to enter his work
Silence is like an island in the middle of a turbulent ocean
Silence is like an island in the middle of a turbulent ocean
Silence is like an island in the middle of a turbulent ocean

AN ARTIST’S RELATION TO SOLITUDE
An artist must make time for the long periods of solitude
Solitude is extremely important
Away from studio
Away from the family
Away from friends
An artist should stay for a long period of time at the waterfalls
An artist should stay for a long period of time on exploding volcanoes
An artist should stay for a long period of time looking at the fast running rivers
An artist should stay for a long period of time looking at the horizon where the ocean and sky meet

— Marina Abramovic

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One Response to a manifesto

  1. Megan Harmon says:

    “AN ARTIST’S CONDUCT OF HIS LIFE”
    HIS life?
    Just posing the question
    Why does Marina refer to the artist as being male?

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